Dunga Brook Diary

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iPhoneography & the black and white via Henri Cartier-Bresson

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“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”

~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Lately, I have been pushing myself to get better at black and white photography. A good black and white photo seems a poem compared to the novella you find in most of my color photographs. Simple is better. Clear, clean, brilliant, illuminated and ecclesiastical helps.

Here are my most recent attempts.

Best,

V

 

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Dunga Brook Diary, Cherry Branch Gallery, iPhoneography Exhibit and a flash of Rumi

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
~Rumi


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Dunga Brook Diary ,at Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley, NY,  is an iPhonic love letter to Central New York.

These are the prints that are currently available at the Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY.

These photos chronicle my transition from LA fashionista to Central New York nature iphoneographer.

If you’d like a limited edition 8 x 8″ photo printed directly on metal and ready to hang, please call Kristen at 607-264-9530 or email, vicki@dungabrookartisans.com

XO,

V

The Fabulous Beekman Boys Weigh In On iPhoneography

A few thoughts from Brent of Beekman 1802. Happy Birthday, Brent!

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys Weigh In On iPhoneography

“It seems like virtually every employee that finds their way to Beekman 1802 has creative streak that cannot be suppressed. Even the long days and hard work at a fast-growing company cannot deter.

At Beekman 1802, we love to see artists and artisans that interpret the traditional in a modern way.

Vicki Whicker’s work demonstrates that all of us have a profound tool for creating art literally in the palm of our hand.”

~Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell

http://beekman1802.com/palm-of-your-hand/

https://dungabrookdiary.com/2013/04/04/1693/

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Laundry Day and a Sudsing of Ansel Adams

Laundry Day and a Sudsing of Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter.”
― Ansel Adams

Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently

Laundry Day, in the 8 x 8′ series, is sold out.

Laundry Day is one of those photos that happened completely serendipitously. Tyler and I were driving away from Butternuts Brewery in Garratsville, NY with our Porkslap growlers between our knees when I said,

“Turn left!”

“Into what?”

“Into the cemetery.”

The sun was completing its daily arc through the late summer sky and everything was glowing. We walked silently on our own photo safaris in the ancient cemetery full of blackened stone markers when I saw a gorgeous bough of flowers…a few snaps into it and I noticed a woman taking down her laundry.

Laundry Day came out even better than I could have imagined. Tyler and I got back into the car with our growlers and sang the whole way back to Dunga Brook.

Click here to see the entire exhibit:

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Call Kristen at 607-264-9530 to make a purchase through the Cherry Branch Gallery.

The show will hang until May 2, check it out if you are in central NY, Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY.

http://www.butternutsbeerandale.com

iPhoneography and a Whisper of Kerouac

iPhoneography and a Whisper of Kerouac

“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”
― Jack Kerouac

Well, Jack, I hate to break it to you but these days, nowadays, roundabout here, people are using their phone to create poetry. And what fun it is on the road Jack! Oh, and can we amend that to, “don’t use your phone to call anyone, use it for poetry”?

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SEEING DIFFERENTLY and a shutter click of brilliance from Ansel Adams

SEEING DIFFERENTLY and a shutter click of brilliance from Ansel Adams

SEEING DIFFERENTLY

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams”

Ok, come see me differently, as in totally out of my element…conducting a workshop.

Not being one who ever wanted to:

a- get married (not applicable to this workshop, but still)
b- teach (applicable)

This should be a fun time for all!

The good news for my workshop peeps?

I have had the great fortune to be taught/mentored by some of the top teaching gurus in the world– Jack Grapes, Rachel Resnick, Karin Gutman, Stephen Elliott, Paul Toussaint and many others in my loooong and storied life, so this won’t be a complete fail…Sign up NOW.

SEEING DIFFERENTLY
iPhoneography Workshop
Cherry Branch Gallery
25 Main, Cherry Valley, NY

Contact Kristen at the Cherry Branch Gallery 607-965-2089

XO,

V

Art In The Palm Of Your Hand and a lesson from John Burroughs

Art In The Palm Of Your Hand and a lesson from John Burroughs

“The lesson which life constantly enforces is ‘Look underfoot.’ You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Every place is the center of the world.”~ John Burroughs

Today, I am packing my car with 7 boxes filled with 33 of my iphoneographic images printed on metal and heading to the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley.

First, I’ll be driving to Brewery Ommegang to pick up the beer for my opening reception.

How cool it that?

If I want Ommegang beer (and I do) I just hop in the car and drive through their fortress of a brewery and pick it up. Right down the road. Just like that.

When I moved to central New York, having bought my old farmhouse off of Facebook, sight unseen, I had no idea Ommegang was here.

Or Cherry Valley with its bohemian artist culture.

I had no idea Cooperstown was here with its strong baseball ethos.

I had no idea I was a mere 4 hours away from NYC (of course, I had hoped I would be a little closer), I had no idea how beautiful it is (I had hoped for that, too), I had no idea how many cool people lived up here, I had no idea one of my best friends would move up here, too…

I just knew there was a little white house in the middle of nowhere next to a man’s house who’d be my only friend for awhile- a man whom I barely knew from a poetry class in LA.

Who does that?

Heeeeyyyyy!

I also had no idea I was going to pick up my iphone and photograph my way into this place and back out into the world.

I started with the ground under my feet. Literally.

When I first arrived, I lived at the KOA campground. Because it was summer and because baseball is king out here all of the house and apt rentals had long been booked by the families of boys and girls in baseball uniforms.

Camping was the only option left. I hadn’t camped since I was a kid. Now this wasn’t roughing it but it was living in a camper trailer in a camp ground surrounded by cornfields and cow pastures.

There was a walking trail through those fields and the first thing was take my two boys (dogs) for a walk.

And the funniest thing happened.

In the back of those fields was another field, a long, low field of clover, just like the fields of clover that surrounded my childhood home.

And there I was.

In the middle of a vast sea of green under a purple and orange sky on a warm summer’s night.

The sky was a bowl above me, the clouds were glowing with the light.

I fell to my knees in wonder.

‘Look underfoot.’ You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think.’

I lay on my back in clover. The dogs ran free.

My eyes stung.

Was I really going to cry?

I whipped out my iphone and took a picture of the clouds and the clover and the dogs romping.

I fell swoonily in love with central New York.

(Sorry, LA. Heyyyyy. But you just didn’t do it for me. I tried. I gave you 25 years. I really did try.)

Ah, New York!

And, I wanted you to see what I see. I wanted you to fall in love with it too.

This Saturday, almost two years to the day that I found my farm on Facebook, I have an exhibit of iphone photos.

Come see!

There will be Ommegang and a wall full of what I saw at ‘the center of the world’.

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Cherry Valley, NY- Cherry Branch Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for central New York artist, Vicki Whicker.

Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY 13320 / 607-264-9530

APRIL 6th, Saturday, 5-7pm: OPENING RECEPTION Live Jazz with Jeff Palmer, (pre-sales 12-4pm)

 

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys Weigh In On iPhoneography

The Fabulous Beekman Boys Weigh In On iPhoneography

“It seems like virtually every employee that finds their way to Beekman 1802 has creative streak that cannot be suppressed. Even the long days and hard work at a fast-growing company cannot deter.

At Beekman 1802, we love to see artists and artisans that interpret the traditional in a modern way.

Vicki Whicker’s work demonstrates that all of us have a profound tool for creating art literally in the palm of our hand.”

~Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell

http://beekman1802.com/palm-of-your-hand/

https://dungabrookdiary.com/2013/04/04/1693/

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4972379699741.1073741826.1006731279&type=1&l=9d1922dc22

Thank YOU Word Press and Cheri Lucas for including my “selfie”!

The Daily Post

We had so much fun looking at your phoneography posts last month and hope you enjoyed the mobile phone challenges. It was nice to experiment with pocket-sized cameras and discover what we can create with them.

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Butterfly Heap and Fierce Words via Joe Loya

Butterfly Heap and Fierce Words via Joe Loya

So many wonderful friends and artists have given me words on my iPhone images…I am humbled and awed by each and every one of them and I will post them all.

Today, Joe Loya because I am a little melancholy (where is Connor Whicker-Walsh on this long holiday weekend?) and because Joe’s line “fierce as fuck” got me…it made me smile and go, ah HA! And now, I feel a-little more-connected-to-the-Universe.

Here it is in full…

“I am overcome with words, too many I think, but here is what hits me when I stare at your photographs.

First, I notice that I have never known an artist who adopted their eye from one medium to another so seamlessly. Photos like The Canoe and Butterfly Heap look like people you could have painted, the colors and composition so similar.

Also, when I view your photos, I feel the urge to whistle and sing out “let me tell you ’bout the birds and bees and the flowers and the trees.”

More importantly, your photos are often super close-up, sometimes uncomfortably close, almost microscopically close, but oddly your presence never feels intrusive. Quite the opposite: It’s as if Mother Nature says to you, “No imposing going on here, so let me just strip my clothes off and pose for you.”

I love these photos Vicki Whicker. You are a true talent. Fierce as fuck!”

Joe Loya, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell

http://theopedproject.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/ask-our-mentor-editors-joe-loya-on-the-film-protagonist-morality-and-owning-your-story/

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